Major trade mission to promote Irish agri-food in the Gulf States
A delegation of over 30 Irish agri-food and agri-tech companies will embark on a week-long trade mission to the Gulf States.
The delegation lead by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, will depart tomorrow, with a number of high profile promotional events starting Sunday morning in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, before moving onto the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for events starting in Dubai on Tuesday morning.
In advance of his departure Minister Creed commented that the Trade Mission is a fantastic opportunity to promote the Irish agri-food sector in key markets.
“Together Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are already taking over €200m of our food exports, which is an increase of over 50% in just the last three years. Irish exports to the GCC countries are already at €250 million and set to increase in the coming years.
“I am determined to be as active as I can in promoting Irish agri-food products in as many markets as possible. The Gulf States offers enormous potential for the Irish food and drink industry and can contribute to achieving the ambitious targets in the Food Wise 2025 strategy.
“Combining efforts at political, diplomatic, technical and commercial levels through trade missions such as this one is a valuable means of raising the profile of Ireland as a food producing nation and unlocking commercial opportunities for Irish food and agri tech companies.
This visit is part of an intensified programme of trade missions to be undertaken by Government in the coming weeks and months.
Continuing market diversification and intensification of efforts in markets where we already have a foothold are key elements to the Government’s long-term plan in responding to Brexit.